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CE968 Work Experience in Higher Education

Module leader: Wendy Pearson

Module running in 2020/21


The module allows staff engaged in career and employability work in higher education to consider the role of work experience in their service provision. It integrates theoretical consideration of the role of work experience in learning and career development, with the practice of working with individual students, groups of students and with employers on work experience related issues. It will consider contrasting institutional approaches and allow participants to apply their learning to diverse contexts.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand a range of perspectives on work experience in Higher Education
  • Identify the role of work experience in theories of learning and career development
  • Contrast differing institutional infrastructure to support work experience.
  • Critique competing perspectives on the above with reference to own context and professional values.
  • Apply the knowledge and understanding above to own institutional setting in the support of career and employability development.
  • Formulate responses and implement recommendations.


Outline syllabus

  • Articulation of participants' context and practice in relating work experience to career and employability.
  • Theories of learning and career development and their relationship to work experience and employability.
  • Support of individuals and groups in learning from work experience.
  • Institutional approaches to work experience, including curricular and extra-curricular provision, models of support in sourcing opportunities, availability and targeting of opportunities, pre-, during and post- placement support for learning, quality assurance and evaluation.
  • Approaches and methods for working with employers to develop work experience opportunities including placement design, legislative and other regulatory requirements such as health and safety and liability insurance, assessment and evaluation.
  • Strategic considerations in developing placements drawing on labour market intelligence.
  • Professional values and ethics in the support of work experience.

Summary of teaching
30 hours of blended learning made up of predominantly intensive, residential workshops with further materials and help provided via a virtual learning environment, online reading, and webinar support. The linked residential is advertised with a slightly different title in the AGCAS calendar as Work Related Learning in HE.

Module timing and duration
Usually, this module runs once a year in May. Participants should check the AGCAS calendar, register for this residential with AGCAS, and also complete a Warwick module registration form. Participants are allowed 5 months to complete.

Summative assessment

The assignment consists of a 5000 word project (100%). Typically, the project entails evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the work experience provision in your own context from the point of view of a range of stakeholders and developing a plan for further development.


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